Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'pens'

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Workshop operational tips. #24: Does your chalk get "Un-Plastered"?

10-23-2020 01:44 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, Do you have a collection similar to this,scattered about the workshop that can never be found when needed? And if you happen to find it next to you,already interacting with your project… DOH!...or worse still, it gets under foot, If you answer No, then goodbye… otherwise, fret no more… salvation is at hand… just click on the picture above. At least if you step on it, you’ll know it… Keep safe.

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Workshop operational tips. #23: CA-Finish “layers counter” for Pen turners.

10-21-2020 02:28 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 27 comments »

Boys and Girls, If you’ve never turned a pen and I don’t mean on a lazy susan, or never intend to turn one, there’s nothing here for you and recommend you exit. If you do indulge in pens and never used or intend to use CA finish, pretend you never intend to turn one and go to the previous sentence. If you hate reading as much as I do, skip to the last two pictures, though you may never know what this crap is all about. For all you CA finishers… and I don’t mean automobile wi...

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WoodChick #5: Lathe Projects = A Deeper Involvement in Pen Turning--Stabilization and Casting

07-21-2017 06:05 PM by sfhipchick | 3 comments »

Years ago when I was actively turning pens, I eventually turned about 25 of them. (I have most of them and plan to photograph them once our photo studio is in place) All of them are wood of many varieties from more plain wood to heavily burled and spalted. One is segmented, and I experimented with slightly different shapes but I really like a “normal” looking pen, so I only did a couple of unusual pen turnings. The kits I used were mostly slimline, which I happen to really like be...

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Woodworking Interviews #1: Pen Blank Perfectionist - Zac Higgins Interview

06-01-2016 01:19 PM by CharlieK | 1 comment »

View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in Reno, Nevada because that is where I spent the majority of my life before I turned 18 years old. We left Reno when I was 17 and I visited there again just this past January. I only tell you this to because it was during this trip to Reno when I met Z...

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Another 52 Weeks #8: Getting a lot done but not finishing anything

02-23-2015 02:30 AM by clieb91 | 1 comment »

I know I missed last week. Too much weather and not enough time. But here I am back again, the week turned out to be pretty good even with all the bad weather. Wound up having an extra day off and wife and daughter were away this weekend so in between dealing with the weather I was able to spend a lot of time in the shop and I got a lot done just didn’t finish much.. sounds strange right well here is what I mean. I got 32 pen blanks cut, drilled and tubes glued into them.. The...

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Another 52 Weeks #3: Derby Season, Book Case underway and lathe time

01-11-2015 10:30 PM by clieb91 | 0 comments »

This week pasted rather quickly with some snow days included but the good news is I got some extra shop time to finish my cleaning and have already started pulling things apart again. Was able to almost complete an order of wine tilts for a customer but still waiting for the garage to get above 40 so I can spray lacquer them. Hopefully tomorrow. May have to spur it a bit with a heater. I am sure some of you are aware it is Pine Wood Derby Season again, I had a friend call and ask if her son c...

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Kids in the Shop! #10: Entrepreneurial Spirit

10-12-2014 03:20 PM by clieb91 | 6 comments »

I mentioned a few moths ago that my daughter got herself an order for 8 pens. She did a great job and the two clients loved them. We kind of dropped the ball on the farm stand thing but hope to pursue that again after the holidays. For the craft fair season this year my wife and I have two different weekends that have two smaller shows happening so we decided to split up. Since we can’t have the pens that I normally make at both locations my daughter has decided to help take up the slac...

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Workshop #28: Finishing Rack

03-29-2014 12:12 PM by clieb91 | 3 comments »

Been working on a number of bottle openers and decided to try a lacquer finish on them as it should hold up a bit better. Problem was how to apply the finish on a round thing. Here is the simple solution I came up with. Basic piece of scrap wood (actually game that did not work out) 3/8” bolts and nuts. It worked worked well. I have 5 new bottle openers already dried with lacquer and the epoxy is now curing on them. Looking forward to delivering these to the gift shop ...

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Stylin' Stylus: aka My Pen Blog #1: Neophyte to ???

01-29-2014 11:39 PM by DIYaholic | 9 comments »

This blog will chronicle my “Pen Turning Travails”.... Not only am I new to pen turning, I’m new to turning in general, so my early efforts will be that of a greenhorn caliber. I’m trying to do about four or five pens a week. Yeah, the work load will be a demanding one! ;^) Rather than clutter the projects gallery with a multitude of lame novice forms and pathetic finishing attempts, I’ll keep a pictorial progress report of sorts here on this blog. It will ...

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Kids in the Shop! #4: Tis the Season #3

12-30-2013 01:23 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Well Sophia had a number of Christmas Presents to finish this year on the lathe. She finished her last 2 up today. She is getting very good at the lathe and I am quite happy and thrilled with how she is doing. We have been going over the ABC's I will post her projects in a Project post. She did much of the work on all of them this year. I am still assisting with wiping the projects off with a bit of mineral spirits and also some of the fine tuning. But she will be there soon. My...

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